Product Review & Giveaway {Closed}: Manna Bread Sprouted Breads

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I often say that I’ll try anything vegan once, so when the Manna Organic Bakery asked if I wanted to try out their sprouted breads, of course I said yes!  I’m a pretty big fan of all things bready, so I couldn’t turn down a chance to taste something new.

Manna sprouted bread is different from the bread you find in your average grocery store aisle.  It’s made without yeast, flour, salt, fats or oils, added sweeteners or flavoring of any kind.  Instead, all of its flavor and sweetness comes from 100% sprouted whole grains, along with fruits and nuts in some varieties.  I tried three of the sprouted breads: Sunseed, Millet Rice and Multigrain.

The flavor of Sunseed is very good–naturally sweet, almost like dried fruit, with just a hint of crunch.  I ate it plain, but it would also be delicious with a nut butter, especially something unusual like sunflower or pumpkin seed butter.  My mom pointed out, and rightly so, that this bread would go very well with tea or coffee, making it a good choice for serving to guests when you want to provide healthy snacks.  160 calories and 7 grams of fiber per slice.

Millet Rice has a more pronounced crunch, presumably from the millet, and a raisin-like sweetness.  Mom and I enjoyed slices of it as a side to curry, and it made a nice balance to the spiciness of the meal.  For some reason, this particular bread reminded me of gingerbread, though there’s no ginger in it. 130 calories and 5 grams of fiber per slice.

Multigrain tastes exactly like it sounds: hearty!  Like the others, it has a bit of a grainy crunch, but not in a way that’s off-putting.  Instead, it put me in mind of good-quality multigrain cereals in texture and in flavor.  Moist and cool with a sweet, pleasant multigrain flavor, this is a good bread to have with a meal or as a snack.  130 calories and 4 grams of fiber per slice.

All three of these varieties come in small, dense loaves that you slice to your preference.  Each resembles a sort of rustic cake both in appearance and texture.  The density means that a little goes a long way; despite the 3/4″ slice serving size, you don’t even need that much to get an enjoyable snack out of these breads.

Manna also produces a line of yeast-free sourdough breads.  These are made with filtered water and organic whole grain flour rather than sprouted grains, and come pre-sliced in well-wrapped loaves.

Bavarian Rye Sourdough is one of these breads.  Due to its density, the slices are much smaller than traditional sandwich breads.  Unlike white sourdough, this is rich and dark with a chewy texture and strong flavor.  I found it a bit too crumbly to use for sandwiches, but it makes fantastic toast.  I tried a slice with homemade vegan cream cheese and some hot pepper jelly from the farmer’s market and wound up with a pretty amazing snack.  This bread reminded me more of pumpernickel than sourdough, and for people who like lighter breads, it might be a bit of an acquired taste.  As a snack, though, I highly recommend it. 120 calories & 8 grams of fiber per slice.

All of these breads were unique and delicious.  If it sounds like something you’d like to try, Manna Organic Bakery is offering one lucky QV winner their choice of 4 delicious loaves!  There are a lot of ways to enter:

1) Leave a comment on this page about why you’d like to win some Manna bread.
2) “Like” Manna Organic Bakery on Facebook and leave a comment saying you’ve done so.
3) Follow Manna Organic Bakery on Twitter and leave a comment saying you’ve done so.
4) “Like” Quantum Vegan on Facebook and comment to let me know you have.
5) Follow Quantum Vegan on Twitter and comment to let me know you have.

If you already like and follow Manna Organic Bakery or Quantum Vegan, that counts, too!  Just be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry so that it can be counted in the final random draw!  Contest ends at 8pm EST on Friday, December 16th.  Good luck!


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. ashallann  December 12, 2011

    I’m new to the world of vegan eating and am exploring many new foods, I think this bread sounds delicious!

  2. ashallann  December 12, 2011

    I followed Manna Organic Bakery on Twitter

  3. ashallann  December 12, 2011

    I follow Quantum Vegan on Twitter, thanks!

  4. Becca  December 12, 2011

    I’ve been so curious about this bread, mainly because of the interesting flavors (like fig fennel!), so I’d love to try it

  5. Becca  December 12, 2011

    I follow them on Twitter

  6. Becca  December 12, 2011

    I follow you on Twitter

  7. Kathy E  December 12, 2011

    I want to win because your descriptions sound so good!

  8. Kathy E  December 12, 2011

    I follow Manna Organic on Twitter as eyreka1

  9. Kathy E  December 12, 2011

    I follow you on Twitter as eyreka1

  10. Noelle Cagle  December 12, 2011

    We LOVE to try new artisan breads.

  11. Noelle Cagle  December 12, 2011

    I like QV on FB

  12. Noelle Cagle  December 12, 2011

    I like Manna Bread on FB

  13. domestic diva  December 12, 2011

    This sounds yummy and healthy. I’d like to give it a try.

  14. VegAnn  December 12, 2011

    I’m not a fan of sliced bread, except for sprouted breads which i loooove

  15. VegAnn  December 12, 2011

    I follow you on twitter @coniecone

  16. VegAnn  December 12, 2011

    Following Manna Organics on twitter

  17. Erin  December 15, 2011

    Always love to try new bread!

  18. Erin  December 15, 2011

    I like Manna Organics on Facebook.

  19. Erin  December 15, 2011

    I like Quantum Vegan on Facebook.

  20. sarah g  December 16, 2011

    I’d like to try manna bread because im looking for ways to incorporated bread back into my diet. Currently I don’t eat bread, and I’m trying to change that by introducing healthy varieties to myself.

  21. sarah g  December 16, 2011

    Liked manna bread on Facebook.

  22. sarah g  December 16, 2011

    Followed manna bread on Twitter.

  23. sarah g  December 16, 2011

    I followed you on Twitter.

  24. sarah g  December 16, 2011

    I liked you on Facebook.

  25. JW  December 16, 2011

    I’ve heard a lot about Manna Bread and I really want to try some!

  26. JW  December 16, 2011

    I follow Manna Bread on Twitter. @butterjessfly

  27. JW  December 16, 2011

    I follow you on Twitter! @butterjessfly